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Edna Kimbrell's First Project

In October of 2001, I received an email containing a few photos of a costume made with my patterns. The photos are here, and, as you can see, the costume, made with the doublet bodice, looks great.

But there was much more to it than just that, and, as I read, my astonishment grew -- then turned to whoops of triumph. Edna Kimbrell, who describes herself as a "novice" when it comes to sewing, achieved something really spectacular. Maybe it's best to let Edna's own words tell the story:

"Dear Margo:

"I just wanted to send you a quick email letting you know how much I loved making an Elizabethan gown from your pattern. Your instructions were very clear and easy to follow for a novice such as myself. I have attached a few photos of the doublet bodice I made. I fell in love with the sketch when I first saw your patterns on your website. I was pretty proud of my first try, I think it turned out lovely." [So do I!]

"I wore this gown to the Texas Renaissance Festival this past weekend. It's a very large faire, but no one, not even any cast members, had anything like this doublet. A friend of mine talked me into entering their annual costume contest with her. And, lo and behold, I won the Grand Prize for the best costume...two roundtrip plane tickets to London, England. What a great reward for my first attempt at a costume this lovely!

"Thank you again for your wonderful product. I will definitely enjoy making several more costumes because of you.

      Edna Kimbrell."

What can I say? (Besides being a little envious!) When I asked Edna about her sewing experience, Edna replied that she had sewn a little, but never attempted a costume before. We should all be this lucky!

Anyway, I am proud to have been a part of this talented "novice's" success, even if it means she should be competing in the Master class in future costume competitions. And I'm doubly proud to share her story and her photos with you, here in our Gallery.



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